To the editor:
Our next door neighbor, Rick Williams, is a candidate for Cape Coral City Council, District 6 in the Nov. 5 citywide election. Now neighbors and good friends for nearly ten years, we've come to know Rick well. He's an honest, intelligent man of high character and integrity. Rick served our country for 22 years in the military and works well with others. We know how much Rick cares about Cape Coral and are confident he will serve us with distinction.
We first introduced Rick to the Northwest Cape Coral Neighborhood Association that works toward smart growth and development. He immediately got involved and was elected president in 2008. We got bike lanes installed, opened two new city parks, eliminated blowing trash that was blighting the entire city, got land use changes passed that created more neighborhood-friendly options for commercial and mixed-use development, and created a new website and marketing materials to keep members more informed on issues of concern.
Rick was a highly involved in the EMA process that got the Ceitus boat lift removed to protect our mangroves and the environment and then studied every viable option to address area water quality concerns. The city is now moving forward on the best of those options founded in science. In every role over the last nine years, we've seen Rick Williams working with and alongside city government officials and staff to get a lot of good things done for the Cape.
Like us, Rick is very concerned about the city's rush to pass new taxes at a time many people are still hurting from the recession. He's equally concerned about spending all the new tax money and feels City Council needs to exercise more fiscal restraint. He'll work to repeal the Public Service Tax (PST) and lead smarter management of our infrastructure needs, as well as find the $30,000 needed to light the 50 most dangerous bus stops in Cape Coral where our children wait for school buses in the dark.
Rick Williams will devote FULL-time to the office to be far more accessible to the community.
Please join Rita and me as we go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5, to vote for our good neighbor, Rick Williams. The future of Cape Coral city government is in your hands. We urge you to make your voice and opinions heard through your vote.
Bill and Rita Graham